“O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself” (Psalm 45:1 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

There are few more difficult disciplines for a human being than learning to abandon our desire to avenge injustice committed against us or those around us. The senseless violence, hurtful comments, or emotional injuries that I or others have suffered is not mine to rectify. The Bible declares that God is the avenger and He is well prepared to defend His children. God will restore what has been lost either in this life or the one to come. Our responsibility is to trust God’s timing, and to bless rather than curse those who despitefully use us.

Prayer: Lord, don’t allow hatred to gain a foothold in my life. I can and will live in victory!  Amen.

Devotion by Julie Long


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